South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival

Cultural opportunities abound on Oregon’s South Coast! Don’t miss one of the region’s premier events – the South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival – taking place March 10-12, 2017.

For nearly three decades The South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival has entertained thousands in the Northwest with a range of musical genres including toe tapping rockabilly jams, hot jazz, blues and get-up-on-your-feet swing dance music. This year’s festival lineup includes Dave Bennett and The Memphis Speed Kings, Blue Skies Big Band, Stompy Jones, Twice As Good, Red Skunk, Midnight Serenaders, Evolution, Gator Nation, High Street, The Young Bucs and
It’s About Time Big Band! Make sure you book your hotel and get your tickets early! You don’t want to miss a moment of this beloved music festival! For more information call (541) 756-8800 or visit www.clambakejazz.com

All performances are held at the The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park. Tickets on sale soon at KoKwel Gift Shop inside the casino or online at http://clambakejazz.com/tickets/

Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)

Dozens of different species of marine mammals can be found off Oregon’s Coast. Perhaps one of the most distinctive to make its way on shore is the Northern Elephant Seal, the largest pinniped carnivore that occurs along the North Pacific Coast. This animal gets its name from its size as well as the trunk-like “nose” – known as a proboscis – that is found on males and can be inflated to enhance vocalizations during mating season. Adult female elephant seals can weigh up to 1,700 pounds, and adult males can weigh up to 5,000 pounds! Unlike other mammals, including humans, that shed hair year-round, elephant seals experience this one time a year in a process called molting when they come ashore and shed the first layer of skin and their fur. The skin and fur come off in sheets as new skin and fur replace the old.

For a period of time elephant seals were thought to be extinct after they were killed in large numbers for their blubber. A small group survived off the coast of Mexico. Thanks to protections in Mexico and the United States, scientists believe there are around 170,000 northern elephant seals today. Elephant seals do not generally breed in Oregon, but visitors to the South Coast may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of one at Cape Arago State Park (near Coos Bay), the only location where elephant seals haul out year round in Oregon.

Surfing on the Oregon Coast

It’s not too late to get involved in the Southern Oregon Coast Rural Tourism Studio presented by Travel Oregon! The Rural Tourism Studio consists of a series of workshops focused on local economic development through tourism in the Southern Oregon Coast region. OSU Sea Grant Extension is participating in this program and will be available to offer communities and businesses assistance as they go through the program and in the future. The next workshop will take place February 21st and 22nd in Charleston.

Travel demand for nature-based, outdoor recreation experiences has steadily been on the rise, particularly in regions abundant with natural assets. Adventure travel is one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry globally. This workshop will explore world-class examples of other outdoor recreation and adventure travel destinations to inspire new thinking, examine how the region can evolve to meet the growing demands of the adventure traveler, while addressing issues of sustainability and seasonality. Come be a part of the discovery and get inspired with new ideas to evolve and improve this aspect of the region’s economy.

Click here to register!